Tom Fruin’s New York Watertower – Made of 1000 scrap plexiglass pieces

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Tom FruinWatertower, 2010, 6x3x3m, found plexiglas, steel, bolts

Tom Fruin’s Watertower

Brooklyn based artist Tom Fruin (1974) just installed Watertower, a large sculpture made by scavenged, reclaimed, and recycled plexiglass and steel. It is installed high upon a water tower platform in Brooklyn, NYC and part of his Icon series, that consists of sculptural tributes to architectural icons around the world.

How the artwork was made

About one thousand scrap pieces of plexiglass were used, often reclaimed and discarded material, some of it coming from Chinatown sign shops or closed artist studios in Brooklyn. Since the opening in June, there are daily light shows beginning at dusk and continuing to morning, using light sequences designed by Ryan Holsopple. Watertower was be installed until June 2013.

Location

On the rooftop of 20 Jay Street and viewable from the parks and streets of Dumbo, the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, FDR Drive and Lower Manhattan.

Prime viewing locations

Brooklyn Bridge Park at Washington Street (map) and the Manhattan Bridge bike path.

Video: The Watertower at night

49sec

Photos

Daytime

Tom Fruin – Watertower, 2010, 6x3x3m, found plexiglas, steel, bolts
Tom FruinWatertower, 2010, 6x3x3m, found plexiglass, steel, bolts

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Tom FruinWatertower, 2010, 6x3x3m, found plexiglass, steel, bolts

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Tom FruinWatertower, 2010, 6x3x3m, found plexiglass, steel, bolts

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Tom FruinWatertower, 2010, 6x3x3m, found plexiglass, steel, bolts

Night

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Tom FruinWatertower, 2010, 6x3x3m, found plexiglass, steel, bolts

Tom Fruin – Watertower, 2010, 6x3x3m, found plexiglas, steel, bolts
Tom FruinWatertower, 2010, 6x3x3m, found plexiglass, steel, bolts
Photo: R.V. Ingersoll/myonebeautifulthing.com

Tom Fruin – Watertower, 2010, 6x3x3m, found plexiglas, steel, bolts
Tom FruinWatertower, 2010, 6x3x3m, found plexiglass, steel, bolts

Inside

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Tom FruinWatertower, 2010, 6x3x3m, found plexiglass, steel, bolts

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Tom FruinWatertower, 2010, 6x3x3m, found plexiglass, steel, bolts

All images by Robert Banat for Tom Fruin/tomfruin.com unless otherwise noted.

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